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New residency requirements for hunting and fishing in Iowa


Beginning July 1, the minimum requirement to claim Iowa as a state of residence will increase from 30 consecutive days where Iowa is the principle and primary residence, to 90 consecutive days, before someone may purchase a resident hunting, fishing or trapping privilege.

The new residency requirements were approved during the 2009 legislative session and signed by Iowa Governor Chet Culver. It becomes effective July 1.

The new residency rule also specifically excludes people from claiming residency for a special or temporary purpose which includes engaging in hunting, fishing or trapping.

Owning land in Iowa, having an Iowa driver's license or registering a vehicle or to vote does not mean a person is an Iowa resident.

The new residency requirements can be found in the 2009-10 Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet available in early August at locations where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, DNR offices statewide, and on the Web at

Online Producer:  Bob Waters

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